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Will a former Wisconsin governor take on Russ Feingold? By this weekend Tommy Thompson will decide if he's going to run for the U.S. senate. State lawmaker and fellow republican Mike Huebsch believes Thompson has what it takes to unseat Feingold in November. But, the West Salem assemblyman admits he's torn over a potential run for the senate because of the important work Thompson is doing for LaCrosse based company Logistics Health. Huebsch feels Thompson would definitely give Feingold his toughest election opponent since joining the U.S. senate in 1993.
ONE OF THE MEN RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR OF WISCONSIN IS LOOKING BEYOND THE STATE'S BORDERS...
REPUBLICAN MARK NEUMANN IS EAGER TO FIND NEW WAYS TO IMPROVE THE STATE ECONOMY, AND PROVIDE NEW JOBS. SPEAKING TODAY ON WIZM'S LA CROSSE TALK, NEUMANN TELLS US THAT WISCONSIN SHOULD STUDY EXAMPLES SET BY STATES WHICH HAVE A GOOD ECONOMY. BUT NEUMANN PROMISES THAT IF WISCONSIN BORROWS IDEAS FROM TEXAS OR OTHER STATES, WE'LL DO THEM EVEN BETTER. THE FORMER CONGRESSMAN CAME TO LA CROSSE TO MEET WITH LOCAL BUSINESSMEN.
No extra in the paycheck for you, Mister city department head.
La Crosse city department heads are going through their annual evaluations. in the past those evals had been used to justify giving some pretty sizable pay bumps to high level employees. Not this year, says Mayor Matt Harter. That decision based, he says, on the economic condition of the city right now.
Harter says the new austerity sends a message to taxpayers that city employees will suffer right along with those who pay their salaries.
IT'S NOT A GOOD TIME TO BE SHORT-HANDED...
DISTRICT ATTORNEYS IN WISCONSIN MAY AVOID STAFFING CUTS, BECAUSE OF A FUNDING BILL PASSED BY THE BUDGET COMMITTEE IN MADISON YESTERDAY. BUT THE BILL WILL NOT INCLUDE MONEY FOR ADDING ATTORNEYS IN COUNTIES THAT NEED MORE, SUCH AS LA CROSSE COUNTY. ALSO, NEW DRUNK DRIVING RULES TAKING EFFECT THIS YEAR COULD INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CASES FOR A D-A.
THE COUNTY DOES HAVE A SPECIAL O-W-I COURT. BUT D-A TIM GRUENKE POINTS OUT THAT THE COURT IS AIMED AT KEEPING CONVICTED DRUNK DRIVERS OUT OF JAIL. IT DOESN'T LIMIT THE NUMBER OF CASES TO BE PROSECUTED IN THE COURT SYSTEM.
OUR WEATHER THE LAST TWO DAYS IN THE LA CROSSE AREA HAS MADE IT FEEL LIKE SPRING ALREADY...
BUT FOR MANY PEOPLE, IT WON'T BE SPRING UNTIL SEASONAL BUSINESSES LIKE RUDY'S DRIVE-IN OPEN AGAIN. RESTAURANT OWNER GARY RUDY EXPECTS TO HAVE HIS SKATING WAITRESSES ON DUTY SOMETIME NEXT WEEK. IT TAKES ABOUT TWO OR THREE WEEKS TO PREPARE FOR THAT OPENING. GARY ALREADY OPENED THE RUDY'S RESTAURANT IN SPARTA THIS PAST WEEKEND, BECAUSE THE SNOW MELTED FASTER THERE THAN IN LA CROSSE.